Iconic 73-year-old rock legend and devout Christian Alice Cooper shared with Page Six that not only does he pray and read the Bible every day, but he credits his faith in God for his sobriety.
Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier and later changed his name to Alice Cooper in 1975. Unbeknownst to many, he comes from generations of pastors. His dad was a pastor and his grandfather was a pastor. Even his wife’s father was a pastor. When Cooper was younger, he did missionary work with his father.
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The “Poison” rocker said he was never an “aggressive or mean drunk,” but would drink at least an entire case of beer a day to obtain what he called “that golden buzz.” It wasn’t until his ballet instructor wife Sheryl Goddard filed for divorce in 1983 after nearly 7 years of marriage and three children that Cooper realized he had a drug and alcohol problem he needed deal with. So he checked himself into rehab. Telling his story, Cooper recalls his wife grabbing him by the ear and telling him, “Hey, the party’s over.”
Once through rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, Cooper called his estranged wife and told her, “It’s done!” He proved to Sheryl that he was sober, and Cooper and his wife reconciled a year later. They have now been married for almost 45 years. During an 2019 interview he said that starting to go to church was one of the deals they made for their reconciliation.
Cooper said he never went to Alcoholics Anonymous, and gives credit solely to God for never craving alcohol or drugs after leaving rehab.
“Everyone said, ‘Oh you have such great willpower.’ I said, ‘No, God has great willpower. He took it from me,’” he shared. Cooper explained that with all the pastors in his life, from his grandfather to his dad, he had “strong prayer” happening for him. “Even the doctor said, ‘This is an absolute miracle.’ I said, ‘Why?’ They said, ‘Well, you should be hiding [liquor] bottles all over the house and you should be sneaking drugs.’ I said, ‘I have absolutely no desire for that at all.’”
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